As usual some of our favorite vehicles came from The FJ Company. Their “new” Land Cruisers might look just like your father's 4×4, but many of them pack a modern punch with their classic durability.
It's certainly telling that specialists like The FJ Company are now restoring these, and frequently have a few at a time that they're working on. When we spoke to Nelson Calle of the Miami-based FJ Company a year ago, he sounded skeptical about the prospects of the 70-Series trucks, which were never sold here, but cautioned that 60-Series TLCs were starting to see greater interest.
Even cooler is that under the hood, it's not some LS or a Cummins diesel, but a brand new Toyota 1GR-FE engine swapped from current Land Cruisers. The 4.0 V6 is good for 240 hp, sending its power through a manual gearbox. With the power comes an equally modern four-wheel disc brake system from a 2017 Toyota 4Runner, as well as Fox shocks with Old Man Emu leaf springs.
As for the interior, this is where things are very different to the original. There’s a set of leather-clad Recaro bucket seats in the front, with custom pedals, door handles, window winders, and shifter. There’s also an iPad mounted in the centre console with tunes pumped through a Signature Sound audio system. But there are plenty of traditional elements, such as no carpet and a peel-back fabric roof.
Under the hood, there’s a new Toyota 1GR-FE 4.0-liter V-6 that offers 240 hp, the same engine used in the 4Runner and formerly found in the Tacoma and FJ Cruiser. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Stopping power has been updated with Toyota 4Runner four-wheel disc brakes. A performance-tuned suspension system adds Fox shocks and Old Man Emu leaf springs.
Last year was FJ Company’s first year at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. This year, they’ve knocked it clear out of the park with a fantastic show presence. Given their momentum and quality of product, it won’t be the last time we see them in the desert.
The FJ Company has just taken the wraps off their most modernized FJ40 yet, a 1981 FJ43 that's been tastefully updated for the 21st century without losing the charm of the 1960s original.
This isn't just all show and no go. Under the hood is a Toyota 1GR-FE engine. The 4.0-liter V6 produces 240 horsepower (178 kilowatts) in this application, and is equipped with Caltech programmable EFI.
Browse The FJ Company website but try to limit yourself to a fixed amount of time. The work they do on FJ20, FJ40, and FJ60 series Land Cruisers is rather amazing. Design choices are almost endless, allowing the potential buyer to choose from a very classic look to a modernized one. While the vehicles start off as original Land Cruisers, they end up as basically brand new vehicles.
Take a classic Toyota FJ (FJ43 year models from 1976-1983 to be exact)…Let the car artisans at the FJ Company completely rebuild it…And you’ve got one dream of an overlander!
When it comes to classic Toyota trucks, The FJ Company has the first and last word. And it's brought a new restomod job to SEMA this year.
Wow—who knew off-roaders from the early eighties could still look so cool? The folks at The FJ Company sure do and brought this fully restored 1981 Toyota FJ Land Cruiser to this year’s SEMA show to prove that point.
Go to its website and you can spend hours building and lusting over the perfect classic Toyota off-roader. These high-end, high-quality builds don't come cheap, but you'd be hard pressed to find a better-built and more tastefully done FJ build.
Though customers are welcome to add bespoke additions, standardizing a build allows The FJ Company to build a multitude of units in 2018 – 24 to be exact – all with the same luxurious materials, custom good looks, and modern Toyota powertrain you expect from the label.
The team at The FJ Company is responsible for some of our favorite custom 4x4 rides in the world, including this recently upgraded a 1983 Toyota FJ40 with serious retro vibes. We're in love.
The FJ Company FJs are not only eye-candy and nostalgia triggering but also capable of making your life easier behind the wheel. However, the modern intrusion in the FJC vehicles is very, very subtle — a detail that ups the car’s appeal bar even higher.
This is truly one of the most comprehensive restoration projects on the market, and perhaps the best vision of a classic Land Cruiser for today’s roads… when has quality ever come cheap?
There's something inherently cool about older SUVs. Maybe it's the looks, the off-road capabilities, or the no-frills design that, compared to today's do-all crossovers, make these automobiles simple and pure. That said, there are a few flaws that seem to wash away with a heavy dose of nostalgia. The FJ Company is here to help with its Sport model, a completely rebuilt 40 Series Toyota Land Cruiser that's been fitted with modern running gear and a few modern amenities.
Looking for an old Toyota Land Cruisers but also want a little more horsepower and a few modern upgrades? The FJ Company of Miami, Florida has what you need.
The fit and finish of the three rigs they brought to the Expo suggested great care is taken with these builds. And you can see one for yourself at one of their facilities in Aspen, Dallas, or Miami. Alternatively, you can check out their excellent online configurator.
A collection of the most interesting four-wheel drives of Overland Expo.
The Overland Expo is one of the greatest gatherings of adventure vehicles in the world, where off-road and adventure companies showcase their best, and enthusiasts are welcome to join in on the fun. Our good friends at The FJ Company are never ones to miss.
Within its temporary location on Maple Avenue, the FJ Company’s general manager, Joey Pomerenke, outlines for prospects the process by which they can take delivery of what is essentially a remanufactured FJ Toyota.
In Miami, the FJ Company has just completed one of the coolest custom builds we've seen so far, a Tonka truck-inspired 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40. The vehicles are an amalgamation of the best bits from a manufacturer's product line and are built to a standard that far surpasses the original factory design. In addition, the bespoke pieces are tailored to each customer's whims.
The FJ Company out of Miami, Florida are masters in the art of reviving and restomodding classic Toyota FJ40s. Their latest project, inspired by the "Tonka Truck" look, celebrates the classic lines of the FJ while drawing heavy inspiration from the world of custom hot rods at the same time. The final result is definitely something to behold.
Following the full frame-off restoration, the FJ Company worked with the client to pick out details and add-ons from across all generations of Land Cruisers. It's not just an incredibly unique look, an extremely personal one as well. When you close your eyes at night, this is the FJ40 you dream of.
Inspired by the buyer's automotive experiences with his father and his childhood Tonka truck, this FJ40 incorporates a number of bespoke touches that set it apart from other rebuilt FJs. Visually, the "Tonka" FJ wears design components from hot rod culture, including the rich metallic orange paint, Mickey Thompson wheels, Cooper Discoverer tires, and a color-matched fuel jerry can.
Successfully combining a traditional aesthetic with new materials, the "FJ45 land cruiser" SUV by toyota restoration expert, FJ company, appears to be perfectly frozen in time. this luxury model of the timeless 4×4 is the ultimate utility vehicle for when it comes to off-road discovery.
Another masterpiece to roll out of the FJ Company workshop. You've no doubt heard of the FJ40 Land Cruiser, one of the most iconic vintage 4x4´s on the road, and increasingly popular on the classic car circuit...
Part beach cruiser and part safari wagon, this 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ45 is the latest in a long line of excellent builds from The FJ Company.
Nicknamed "the Troopy" because it was originally designed to convey Colombian National Guard members around the countryside, the FJ45 was produced in Japan from 1976 to 1986 in small batches.
The team at The FJ Company got ahold of one and mastery restored and modified the thing into a work of the art, which you can treat your eyes to below. If you think one of these rides has a place in your collection, get in touch with them directly - they can source and customize one to your exact liking.
Juan Diego Calle's grandfather bought a sky blue FJ40 Land Cruiser in 1968. He kept it for 14 years, then gave it to a family member and bought a sky blue 1982 FJ40.
The Land Rover Defender isn´t the only classic off-road vehicle beloved by tuning companies. In recent years, demand for the rugged Toyota FJ Cruiser has increased tenfold and, just like the trusty Land Rover, it´s proving the perfect candidate for tasteful restomod projects...
Every year, aftermarket parts suppliers, speed shops, and even a few major manufacturers descend on Las Vegas for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show. Unlike an auto show, SEMA is closed to the public, but it's a major event for gearheads.
If you´re a fan of old Toyota FJ´s, odds are you´ve heard about the Miami-based FJ Company. They build and restore some of the most magnificent FJ´s around, even making some available for sale to those with enough coin in their pocket and love in their heart.
That 2,000-horsepower monster may have garnered the lion's share of attention when it came to Toyota Land Cruisers at the SEMA show this year, but those who appreciate craftsmanship and classic forms will want to take a look at the vehicle you see here.
This is a one-off commissioned by a guy who wanted to take his family on regular outings near his Aspen, Colorado home.
The FJ Company brought out a custom FJ43 Land Cruiser it calls "The Aspen Project." Its purpose? To serve as a "family-friendly beast that could take on the rigors of everyday highway driving as well as the back-country near Aspen, Colorado," the company says.
The FJ Company is making its debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas this year, and they're bringing a very special build with them: a custom FJ43 Land Cruiser referred to as "The Aspen Project". The build, which was unveiled at their booth #51315 at SEMA earlier today, is one part classic Land Cruiser, one part modified monster - a careful balancing act - one they DID NOT take lightly.
Certainly, there are a handful of '80s rides that stood the test of time, but somehow we can't seem to recall a single one after laying eyes on this 1981 Toyota Land Cruiser.
In fortunate cases, the owner of the said project car sells it to a more wealthy suitor, and the second person completes the work after turning it into his dream on wheels.
If Japanese collector cars in the U.S. have a mascot, it is the venerable Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser. The classic 40 Series trucks were one of the most popular exports for the automaker worldwide; they enjoyed strong sales on our side of the Pacific as well, with Toyota shipping the 4x4 to the United States through the early 1980s.
The Toyota Land Cruiser is one of the greatest workhorse 4x4's ever made. And while many people are familiar with classic models like the FJ40 and FJ60, only about 1,000 of these FJ45LVs were ever imported to the U.S.
Only a thousand or so were brought to the States' wait till you see what it looked like before restoration.
A rare FJ45LV, immaculately returned to its original condition
This well-preserved 1983 FJ43 has been modified and restored incredibly by the talented team at The FJ Company.
That's one hell of a makeover
Saddened by the discontinuation of the Toyota FJ Cruiser? You're not alone: it was an epically cool truck inspired by a veritable icon.
It could be yours for the right price
Every year in October, the Copperstate Overland brings together vintage 4×4 enthusiasts for a four-day rally through the beautiful landscapes of Arizona. This event, run by the same organizers of the famous Copperstate 1000, had its first run in 2015 and The FJ Company were proud to be inaugural sponsors.
When it comes to off-road vehicle, Toyota Land Cruiser FJ is probably the next most iconic and much sought after ride after Land Rover Defender. FJ's popularity is one to be reckon with and so, it is not surprising that there are shops specializing in restoring this off-road modern classic into its former glory, or some instances, even better than its original form.
The Copperstate Overland, a four day rally held annually by the Men's Art Council in Arizona, is a niche event that sees lucky participants exposed to some of the most beautiful scenery of Northern America from behind the wheel of their trusty vintage 4×4.
FJ Company specialize in performing full, frame-off restorations of the classic Japanese Toyota FJ series. With over 40 years of experience, these guys only work with vehicles that maintain their original engines and gearboxes, the first step in their restoration process is to choose the best FJs in the world.
This completely restored, pristine Toyota FJ is, in a word, remarkable - from its olive paint and brown leather to its upgraded engine, new rollcage, killer interior mods and beyond. Whoever is lucky enough to win this auction will be the absolute style champ on their next overlanding expedition.
Based on an FJ43 that was used to transport personnel to remote locations within Colombia, this green beauty has had its original 2F engine rebuilt, as well as the power steering, and the front disk brakes.
If you're an off-road enthusiast odds are you've probably heard of the Copperstate Overland, a rally created for vintage 4×4 fans that occurs once a year in the deserts of Arizona.
It's raw, bit of a blunt instrument, and not exactly cheap, but no more fun can be had than in a classic Toyota Land Cruiser.
The Toyota Land Cruiser was first launched in 1951 as a military vehicle, and it was both larger and more powerful than the US Jeep. For over 60 years it has been used to conquer unforgiving terrains, as a partner on unforgettable adventures, or as a reliable vehicle on humanitarian missions.
Sometimes, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity comes along to become the custodian of an exceedingly rare vintage automobile.
This numbers-matching 1981 FJ43 has been meticulously restored, thanks to the team at The FJ Company, and will be up for auction at this year's Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions August 20-21, 2016, and include more than just this awesome Toyota.
This FJ started its life as a workhorse for a Columbian energy company hauling workers to remote locations and was in good shape with the original 2F engine and a mostly rust-free body, but the frame-off restoration completed by the FJ company has this rig looking better than when it left Japan.
Face it, the hipsters won. All things quaint and ironically archaic are now universally cool and there's not a damn thing you can do about it. Case in point: this tin Toyota is the sexiest thing you've ever seen.
The FJ Company was built on a family's passion for restoring FJ's. They got their hands on their latest effort in the middle of 2015 and created something amazing.
Tough, reliable, and endlessly capable - it's not hard to see why engineers and tradesmen working in the world's harshest terrain use Toyota Land Cruisers to get around. If a Land Cruiser can get you into the wild, there's a good chance it'll bring you right back out too.
A warehouse tucked away in the bowels of Miami; unassuming in its green facade, with a barely noticeable sign above the door. It reads "Classic Motors LLC," and without direction, it would blur into the surrounding shops and restaurants without a second thought. If I wouldn't have been invited, I would have driven right past it.
A warehouse tucked away in the bowels of Miami; unassuming in its green facade, with a barely noticeable sign above the door. It reads "Classic Motors LLC," and without direction, it would blur into the surrounding shops and restaurants without a second thought.
While we'd all like to be perfect stewards of the automobile, sometimes... we're not. Cars get used. They get abused. They get driven hard, and put away wet. Some more than others.
Some vehicles simply tend to get better with age. Toyota's classic FJ40 happens to be one of those automobiles. FJ Company recently got their hands on a 1978 edition and in turn restored it to perfection.
Our friends from FJ Company, specialize in performing full, frame-off restorations of the classic Japanese Toyota FJ series. Their latest masterpiece is this beautiful 1978 Land Cruiser FJ40, a build they consider to be their best work to date.
The Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser and the Land Rover did battle for sales dominance across Africa, Australia, South America and Asia throughout the 1960s, #39;70s, #39;80s and beyond. No clear winner ever emerged and the modern day supporters of each marque have a hard earned and begrudging respect for one another.
Setting the benchmark for durability and resilience, the Toyota Land Cruiser has been a stalwart in automotive culture since it emerged in 1951. Carrying a no-nonsense attitude, the Land Cruiser only features the bare essentials, which seemingly adds to the Cruiser's rugged appeal.
I don't know how many original FJ40s Toyota moved in an average week in the Sixties and Seventies, but I'm pretty sure 20 would have been stellar.
The Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser has a legacy of its own, thats seconded by none. Its reputation and global acclaim set itself apart from everything else, even after its humble beginnings as a rural police vehicle.
In love with this rugged and stylish 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser that's been perfectly restored by the taletned team at FJ Company. It's pure vintage cool.
The exterior design of Toyota's 1978 Land Cruiser has stood the test of time. In fact it's a vehicle that becomes even more beautiful with each passing year.
The art of restoring vintage automobiles is a true craft, and expert updates often make these cars better than the original. That's exactly what FJ Company did here to a 1978 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser. Originally belonging to a family in Colombia, the US build of this vehicle was put through a concours-quality restoration.
Whether you take it in, on or around the hills, you choose your own adventure with The FJ Company. If you haven't experience an FJ then you don't know what you're missing.
FJ Company restores vintage Toyota FJ 4×4's to concourse condition, meaning they look and drive like they just rolled of the assembly line.
The iconic Toyota FJ holds a very special place in the heart of auto enthusiasts across the world, it is rough and tough, yet classic and cool. FJ Company specialize in performing full, frame-off restorations of the classic Japanese Toyota FJ series.
Here at autoevolution, we try to cover as many chunks of the Internet as possible, and Toyotas have a special place on our website. So how about we tell you how a 1971 Land Cruiser sold for over $100,000 at auction?
It's not everyday you come across an original, pristine vehicle from the 70s - particularly a vehicle as iconic as the Land Cruiser FJ40. Thankfully the folks at FJ Company have got you covered with a showroom worthy offering in this 1978 Land Cruiser FJ40.
This classic '68 Land Cruiser restored by the FJ Company was found in a barn almost completely preserved, and therefore has mostly original parts.